Posts tagged ghost sign

By tomorrow afternoon (well, actually, 12:35 p.m. Central tomorrow), if all goes according to plan (not my plan, mind you, but the property owner’s plan), the Ben Milam Hotel in downtown Houston will be reduced to a big pile of rubble. (Think dynamite + implosion.) The 10-story brick hotel opened in the 1920s to house travelers who visited Houston via Union Station (which sits across the street and now is a part of Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros’ home field). When the building goes down tomorrow, so will two of Houston’s few remaining ghost signs. I’m posting this photo as kind of a memorial to a piece of Houston history, I suppose. RIP, Ben Milam. (posted via Instagram at Inn at the Ballpark)

By tomorrow afternoon (well, actually, 12:35 p.m. Central tomorrow), if all goes according to plan (not my plan, mind you, but the property owner’s plan), the Ben Milam Hotel in downtown Houston will be reduced to a big pile of rubble. (Think dynamite + implosion.) The 10-story brick hotel opened in the 1920s to house travelers who visited Houston via Union Station (which sits across the street and now is a part of Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros’ home field). When the building goes down tomorrow, so will two of Houston’s few remaining ghost signs. I’m posting this photo as kind of a memorial to a piece of Houston history, I suppose. RIP, Ben Milam. (posted via Instagram at Inn at the Ballpark)

Abandoned, in Mexia, Texas. (Taken with Instagram)

Abandoned, in Mexia, Texas. (Taken with Instagram)

Same building: different side *and* different ghost sign. The previous photo shows the back of the building, which most people probably don’t see. If you missed it, check it out — it’s pretty awesome.   (Taken with instagram in Corsicana, Texas)

Same building: different side *and* different ghost sign. The previous photo shows the back of the building, which most people probably don’t see. If you missed it, check it out — it’s pretty awesome. (Taken with instagram in Corsicana, Texas)

I like it here. (Taken with Instagram at Smith General Store in downtown Corsicana, Texas)

I like it here. (Taken with Instagram at Smith General Store in downtown Corsicana, Texas)

Two ghost signs on the same building. Bonus! (Taken with Instagram at Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas)

Two ghost signs on the same building. Bonus! (Taken with Instagram at Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas)

This vacant industrial building has not only a #ghostsign on it, but a yellow coat hanging from one of its windows.  #awesome (Taken with instagram)
Subsequent note: In recent years, at least one club has operated out of the building (which could help explain the presence of the coat!). The warehouse is located at 2001 Commerce Street — within shouting distance of Minute Maid Park — east of downtown Houston.
Thanks to a Google search, I now know that Graybar Electric Company was formerly housed in the building. The company’s old logos jibe with the ghost sign’s faded paint. See history.graybar.com/1942-1964.php and history.graybar.com.

This vacant industrial building has not only a #ghostsign on it, but a yellow coat hanging from one of its windows. #awesome (Taken with instagram)

Subsequent note: In recent years, at least one club has operated out of the building (which could help explain the presence of the coat!). The warehouse is located at 2001 Commerce Street — within shouting distance of Minute Maid Park — east of downtown Houston.

Thanks to a Google search, I now know that Graybar Electric Company was formerly housed in the building. The company’s old logos jibe with the ghost sign’s faded paint. See history.graybar.com/1942-1964.php and history.graybar.com.

Meeting a friend for brunch on the east side of town gave me good reason to drive around the area east of downtown Houston (east of Minute Maid Park, for baseball fans!). I wish I knew the back story behind this building, which appears to be empty, and its ghost signs.
Among the words I can make out are “No dust. No dirt.” And: “5 ¢.” “Metro.” Odd combo. 
(Taken with instagram, with no filter.)

Meeting a friend for brunch on the east side of town gave me good reason to drive around the area east of downtown Houston (east of Minute Maid Park, for baseball fans!). I wish I knew the back story behind this building, which appears to be empty, and its ghost signs.

Among the words I can make out are “No dust. No dirt.” And: “5 ¢.” “Metro.” Odd combo. 

(Taken with instagram, with no filter.)

At last, pleased to add this pic to my ghost sign series! … Had time today to drive by this building — the former Waddell House Furnishing Co. building — before I leave this side of Houston. Sadly, it’s a disused building. What future does it have?
Bonus: captured a bird in flight!
(Taken with instagram, with gotham filter.)

At last, pleased to add this pic to my ghost sign series! … Had time today to drive by this building — the former Waddell House Furnishing Co. building — before I leave this side of Houston. Sadly, it’s a disused building. What future does it have?

Bonus: captured a bird in flight!

(Taken with instagram, with gotham filter.)

And the roadtrip adventures continue …
The extra-awesome double ghost sign in Gonzales, Texas.
Related: My earlier post here about this ghost ad, and posts about other ghost signs here.
(shared via Instagram, this pic with no IG filter) 

And the roadtrip adventures continue …

The extra-awesome double ghost sign in Gonzales, Texas.

Related: My earlier post here about this ghost ad, and posts about other ghost signs here.

(shared via Instagram, this pic with no IG filter) 

Roadtrip adventures, continued …
This pair of attached buildings in Shiner, Texas, just earned my top spot for favorite ghost sign, so far. The building on the left, covered in nailed-on sheets of painted tin, says, among other things, “Feed Store,” “Purina Chows,” and “BABY CHICKS.” The building on the right was a “hatchery,” per its sign. Seriously awesome, no?

Roadtrip adventures, continued …

This pair of attached buildings in Shiner, Texas, just earned my top spot for favorite ghost sign, so far. The building on the left, covered in nailed-on sheets of painted tin, says, among other things, “Feed Store,” “Purina Chows,” and “BABY CHICKS.” The building on the right was a “hatchery,” per its sign. Seriously awesome, no?

Roadtrip adventures, continued:
A faint “J PLACE” ghost sign — painted on the side of the dilapidated wood building — remains behind the “CHUDEJ PLACE COLD DRINKS” and “PEPSI-COLA” metal signs. Very cool.
(Location: On Highway 90, somewhere between Schulenburg and Flatonia, Texas.)

Roadtrip adventures, continued:

A faint “J PLACE” ghost sign — painted on the side of the dilapidated wood building — remains behind the “CHUDEJ PLACE COLD DRINKS” and “PEPSI-COLA” metal signs. Very cool.

(Location: On Highway 90, somewhere between Schulenburg and Flatonia, Texas.)

Abandoned historic building. Cool ghost sign & architectural detail. #roadtrip (Taken with Instagram at Schulenburg Texas)

Abandoned historic building. Cool ghost sign & architectural detail. #roadtrip (Taken with Instagram at Schulenburg Texas)

Okay, last shot of that same site from this evening’s walk downtown. This pic shows the open space / parking lot between the two other buildings (the ones with the ghost signs). A relic —  the word “shoes” — is intact in the terrazzo (beneath the metal barricade). The tile in the area to the left of this spot is different, leading me to think two or three narrow stores once sat on this site. Bonus: See that red brick building in the background? I used to live in a loft there.

Okay, last shot of that same site from this evening’s walk downtown. This pic shows the open space / parking lot between the two other buildings (the ones with the ghost signs). A relic — the word “shoes” — is intact in the terrazzo (beneath the metal barricade). The tile in the area to the left of this spot is different, leading me to think two or three narrow stores once sat on this site. Bonus: See that red brick building in the background? I used to live in a loft there.

A building used to sit between the site of this ghost sign & the other one. The ground now is a parking lot.  (Taken with Instagram at 402 Main St in Houston)

A building used to sit between the site of this ghost sign & the other one. The ground now is a parking lot. (Taken with Instagram at 402 Main St in Houston)